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Mealey's Insurance - Illinois Federal Judge Says Discovery Needed Before Duty To Defend Can Be Decided

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Nov. 23 granted an insurer's motion seeking discovery in an asbestos coverage dispute after finding that the effect of an underlying settlement agreement on the insurer's duty to defend must first be determined before a decision can be made on the insurer's...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Fungal Meningitis Defendant Wants Criminal Trial Continued To Review Evidence

BOSTON - A defendant facing federal murder charges in connection with the New England Compounding Center (NECC) fungal meningitis outbreak on Nov. 25 asked a Massachusetts federal court to continue his January trial, saying he is at a disadvantage because he only recently got access to discovery from...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Monsanto: City Of Spokane's PCB Contamination Case Fails To State A Claim

SPOKANE, Wash. - Monsanto Co. and its affiliates on Nov. 23 filed an answer against the city of Spokane, contending that the city's attempt to collect remediation costs for alleged contamination of its groundwater with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) should be denied because the plaintiff fails...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Illinois Wrongful Death Case Sent To Roundup MDL In Northern California

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) on Nov. 28 issued an order transferring another case to the multidistrict litigation for injuries allegedly caused by exposure to the weed killer Roundup, stating that the wrongful death lawsuit brought against Monsanto Co...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - 11th Circuit: Hip Plaintiff Missed Deadline By Withholding Service

ATLANTA - The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 28 agreed with a lower court that in filing a DePuy hip lawsuit but withholding service in hopes of a settlement, a plaintiff's claim was actually not initiated until after the applicable two-year statute of limitations (Maeola Goldthrip, et...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - State Employees: Flint Water Crisis Venue Decision Needed Before Dismissal Ruling

DETROIT - Employees of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) on Nov. 28 filed a brief asking a Michigan federal court to rule on their motion to change venue before it rules on pending motions to dismiss a lawsuit brought by residents of Flint, Mich., who allege that the employees are...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Judge Refuses To Remand Construction Defects Suit, Trims Claims

LAS VEGAS - A proposed class of Nevada homeowners who are suing the builder and developer of allegedly defective homes must pursue their claims in federal court and cannot seek damages for strict liability and breach of implied warranty under Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) Chapter 116.4114, a federal judge...

Mealey's Insurance - Panel Denies Rehearing, Says Refinery Owner Not Covered Under Policy

NEW ORLEANS - The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 29 denied a petition for rehearing after determining that a refinery owner seeking help with environmental cleanup costs under its parent company's insurance policy should have and could have discovered that it was not named as an insured...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Asbestos Attorney Fights Expert Testimony-Based Sanctions Ruling

SAN FRANCISCO - A judge conducted only a perfunctory and conclusory investigation before finding that counsel violated court orders in an effort to elicit expert testimony regarding chemotherapy's impact on kidney disease, yet the jury already knew about the connection and no ruling excluded the...

Mealey's Insurance - Property Owner Unable To Show Insurer's Suit Is Untimely, Judge Rules

BALTIMORE - A federal judge in Maryland on Nov. 23 overruled a property owner's argument that an insurance company's lawsuit seeking rescission of a general liability policy due to alleged misrepresentations about lead paint violations on the policy application is untimely, ruling that the owner...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Lawyer In File-Sharing Case Again Sanctioned For Discovery Violations

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. - After an appeals panel partly dismissed sanctions against an attorney as not properly reflecting the harm incurred by a copyright defendant due to the attorney's discovery misconduct and misrepresentations, an Illinois federal judge on Nov. 23 deemed the attorney's actions...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Washington Appellate Panel Affirms Summary Judgment In Dog Bite Suit

SEATTLE - A Washington appellate panel on Nov. 28 affirmed a trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of a couple whose dog bit a woman during a house tour because the owners of the dog did not owe the woman a duty of protection (Shelly Carr v. Jose Riveros, et al., No. 73927-1-I, Wash. App...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Injured Pipeline Protesters Sue County, City Police Over Clash At Bridge

BISMARCK, N.D. - County and city police officers who "unleashed a violent, unjustified, and unprovoked physical attack" on Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP) protestors should be stopped from using excessively violent means of crowd control and should pay for injuries they inflicted on the protesters...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Suit Over 'Natural' Products To Be Remanded After Class Scope Is Clarified

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Nov. 28 agreed to send a class complaint alleging false promotion of cleaning and personal care products as "natural" back to state court after the lead plaintiff amends his complaint to clarify that the scope of the class is limited to California...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Illinois Federal Judge Partially Bars Expert's Opinions In Patent Infringement Lawsuit

CHICAGO - In a patent infringement lawsuit, an Illinois federal judge on Nov. 28 partially granted in part and denied in part a patent owner's motion to exclude an expert's opinions on whether accused products infringed its patents related to agricultural equipment (Not Dead Yet Manufacturing...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - $1B Verdict Returned In 6-Plaintiff Pinnacle Hip MDL Bellwether Trial

DALLAS - A Texas federal jury on Dec. 1 returned a verdict of more than $1 billion in favor of six plaintiffs in the second DePuy Pinnacle hip multidistrict litigation bellwether trial (In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2244, No. 13-3631...

Mealey's Insurance - Court Erred In Rejecting Concurring Cause Doctrine, Majority Says, Quashes Order

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A majority of the Florida Supreme Court on Dec. 1 held that an appeals court erred in reversing an $8 million judgment against a homeowners insurer in a coverage dispute over alleged property damage caused by construction defects, rain and wind, quashing the lower court's opinion...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - 5th Circuit: Franchisors Cannot Seek Lost Royalties Under BP Settlement

NEW ORLEANS - A Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Dec. 1 affirmed a federal judge in Louisiana's ruling that three franchisors that are not based in the Gulf of Mexico cannot seek to obtain lost franchisee royalties during the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico following the explosion of...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Florida Appellate Panel Vacates $20 Million Tobacco Verdict

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Florida appellate panel on Nov. 30 vacated a $20 million verdict awarded to the estate of a woman following a trial in an Engle progeny suit after finding that the damages awarded by the jury were excessive (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Gwendolyn E. Odom, No. 4D14-3867, Fla...

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Institutional Investor Group Appointed Lead Plaintiff In Securities Class Action

NEW YORK - A group of institutional investors has met all statutory requirements to serve as lead plaintiff in a securities class action against a real estate investment trust and several of its former executive officers and directors, a federal magistrate judge in New York ruled Nov. 29 (Westchester...

Mealey's Insurance - Judge: Missouri Does Not Recognize Bad Faith Refusal To Pay Claim

ST. LOUIS - Dismissal of a bad faith claim in an insurance dispute is proper because the state does not recognize a claim for bad faith refusal to pay benefits, but an insured has properly stated his claim for breach of contract against the insurer, a federal judge in Missouri ruled Nov. 29 in granting...

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Judge: Investors Have Had Enough Time To Collect Demand Futility Information

PHOENIX - A federal judge in Arizona on Nov. 29 denied a motion for an extension to file an amended complaint in a shareholder derivative lawsuit against several current and former officers and directors of a solar panel maker, ruling that investors have had enough time to gather the necessary information...

Mealey's Insurance - Evidence Shows Claimant Is Not Disabled From Any Occupation, Panel Affirms

CINCINNATI - Because six medical experts unanimously agreed that a disability claimant was not disabled from performing any occupation, the disability insurer did not act arbitrarily and capriciously in terminating the claimant's long-term disability (LTD) benefits, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Bars Expert Testimony, Grants Judgment On Fraud, Breach Of Warranty Claims

CLEVELAND - Having excluded an expert's testimony on a pest device based on an unreliable methodology, an Ohio federal judge on Nov. 29 granted summary judgment to the device's manufacturers on fraud and breach of warranty claims in a class action lawsuit (Jeanne Steigerwald, individually and...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Damages Expert Barred From Opining On Certain Damages In Agreement Dispute, Judge Says

NEW YORK - A damages expert is excluded from testifying on a credit card company's damages for additional issuing and acquiring opportunities from a termination of a deal with MasterCard International Inc., a New York federal judge ruled Nov. 29, also granting summary judgment in part to MasterCard...